Eastern Cape’s top exporters named
Automotive components manufacturer, SJM Flex and the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, emerged as the biggest winners of the annual Eastern Cape Exporters Club of South Africa’s Exporter of the Year Awards at a gala banquet held at the Boardwalk International Conventional Centre on Friday night.
The Port Elizabeth-based exhaust cuppings maker also walked away with the prize for Best Corporate Exporter as well the overall Exporter of the Year, while Ford took first merit prize for Best Exporting OEM, Best Service Provider to Exporters, Environmental Awards for a company with a turnover exceeding R2-million a year, and second merit prize in the Job Creation Awards category.
Other winners at the event, sponsored by First National Bank, Transnet Port Terminals, KPMG and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), included:
General Motors South Africa: second Merit in the category Environmental Awards for a company with a turnover exceeding R2-million a year.
Volkswagen Group South Africa: Overall winner in the category Environmental Awards for a company with a turnover exceeding R2-million a year, overall winner the category Best Exporting OEM.
Jendamark: first merit award in Job Creation category, third merit award in Best Corporate Exporter category.
SRCC Holdings: Overall winner in Job Creation category, third merit award in Best Corporate Exporter category.
Morgan Cargo: Overall winner of Best Provider of Service to Exporters
Mend-a-Bath International: merit award for Best Small Business Exporter
Hansens: merit award for Best Medium Enterprise Exporter
Eberspacher: first merit award for Best Corporate Exporter
Delivering the keynote speech at the event, Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Sakhumzi Somyo, said exporters play a fundamental role in growing a country’s economy, and that the performance of the respected winners and entrants, in light of the current global financial climate, needs to be commended.
“As government, we extended our heartfelt gratitude to those how who showed fortitude in improving the Eastern Cape’s standing as a growing and respected export economy,” Somyo said.
“Our province constitutes about 4.5% of South Africa’s total exports and 5.1% of total imports, meaning the provincial economy is ranked fourth biggest behind Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, the majority of Eastern Cape exports for 2015 were absorbed by Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. These figures clearly point to a need to provide support to incentivise local entrepreneurs looking to approach the export market”.
He also paid tribute to the ECDC for assisting and promoting trade in and out of the province.
“The ECDC has a momentous task of driving the province’s trade and investment promotion activates forward. Over the last ten years, ECDC has played an important role in providing export support aimed at improving the competitiveness of entrepreneurs to ensure market readiness of their products,” Somyo said.
“To this end, we urge all to spread their wings into the global export economy. It is our belief that here in our province, we have businesses that are capable to compete in the global export economy because to be the best, you have to trade with the best”.
CAPTION: SJM Flex Managing Director Deon Joubert (left) recieves the award for Eastern Cape Exporter of the Years 2016
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